Coronavirus (Covid-19) IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Please wear face covering when visiting practice
Wearing a face covering helps to reduce the spread of coronavirus from anyone who is infected but is pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic, meaning they aren't yet showing any symptoms. This face covering could be a scarf, bandana or homemade mask (see below for ideas on how to make your own.)
Why not make your own mask?
Click Here for Instructions
Covid-19 – The compulsory wearing of a face covering in shops/public transport
General practice is under considerable pressure as a direct result of the current challenges they are faced with delivering a service to patients at the same time as coping with the consequences of this virus.
There is no requirement for general practice to issue letters for patients who are unable to wear face coverings, as the Government have clearly defined the exemptions to this requirement.
You are able to print your own exemption cards if you so wish and these can be accessed via the following link:
If you have been instructed to self-isolate
The practice is not unfortunately able to issue fit/sick notes or write letters of support to employers.
You can get an Isolation Note by visiting: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
Any problems with your employer you should direct then to the ACAS website; https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus which states:
The employer might need to be flexible if they require evidence from the employee or worker. For example, someone might not be able to provide a sick note ('fit note') if they've been told to self-isolate for more than 7 days.
Similarly if you have an upcoming operation and have been asked to isolate for two weeks before it, the practice cannot issue you a sick certificate. You should discuss with your employer whether you can work from home, take holiday or unpaid leave for this period.
Notes / Letters for School
We have had a number of parents making contacting and asking for the GP to provide notes, letters or guidance for their children on whether they should or should not be returning to school.
A letter explaining why we are unable to do this is available from the Wessex Local Medical Committee and be accessed as below.
Guidance regarding School
If you are considering cancelling or have cancelled a holiday
The practice is unfortunately not able to write letters of support to travel insurance companies.
Mental Health During Covid
Connections - 0300 123 5440 can help in the first instance if you are struggling to cope or feel you are nearing a breakdown please call 24/7. This service can signpost you to the right support.
Shout - Text Shout to 85258 (free 24/7) if you are experiencing:
abuse or assault,
Calm - 0800 58 58 58 or visit www.thecalmzone.net Open 5pm to Midnight, 365 days of the year. A helpline for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.
Papyrus - 0800 068 4141, 07860 039967 - Pat@papyrus-uk.org
Confidential support and advice to young people under the age of 35 struggling with thoughts of suicide and anyone worried about a young person.
BCP Council COVID-19 community response helpline 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week for those in vital need of food or essential household items 0300 1237052